Hair salon owner Erica Kious 'closing my doors' in San Francisco after Nancy Pelosi blowout backlash
HAIR salon owner Erica Kious said she's closing her businesses' doors in San Francisco after Nancy Pelosi's blowout backlash.
Kious revealed to Fox News on Wednesday that she's closing eSalon, after she was slammed and accused of "setting up" the Speaker of the House.
"I am actually done in San Francisco and closing my doors, unfortunately," Kious told Fox host Tucker Carlson.
Kious said after she received "a lot of negativity towards my business" after the controversy involving the senator.
Video obtained by Fox News showed a maskless Pelosi walking through Kious' closed salon after she had her hair washed, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The stylist was seen walking behind Pelosi, wearing a black face mask.
Salons in California had been closed since March, and were just given the green light to have outdoor services only beginning September 1.
Pelosi was branded a "hypocrite" for being seen maskless at the shut salon.
The senator took responsibility, but said she was "set-up" and demanded an apology from the owner.
Pelosi said she had only followed instructions she was told.
Kious denied a set-up when speaking with Tucker Carlson previously.
Jonathan DeNardo, the stylist who did Pelosi's hair, claimed that Kious knew about the appointment ahead of time – but denied that it was a set-up.
Kious told Fox News on Wednesday that she's "afraid to go back" to San Francisco.
"I've been there for 15 years. I've never felt that way about San Francisco. But unfortunately it's going down a path that – a lot of people feel that way." Kious said.
The salon owner said she does "have a lot of positive calls and text messages from clients. But other than that, nothing but negativity."
A GoFundMe for Kious raised more than $333,000.
Kious claims she's been forced to "relocate" following the incident.
Last week, demonstrators hung hair dryers in trees outside Pelosi's home, to protest her visit to the salon.
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